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Does next Wednesday at 8 o'clock sound good?

Galen Justus Wilkerson wrote:
> Hi,
>
> Gary Johnson is probably a good person to organize this.  He was going 
> to mention this idea to the movie group, along with the ACM issue.
>
> He should be put on this list...  and we should let him know that we 
> "volunteered" him.  Basically, the only organizing is to pick a date 
> and place, and bring your computers, maybe instead of the movie one week.
>
> G
>
>
> Quoting Alba Gabriela Garay Romero <[log in to unmask]>:
>
>> Hi Angelica!!!
>>
>> It is good to hear from you and all the ideas you have given to us about
>> organizing this activity... Would you have time to help us out with  
>> something if
>> we can organize the event?
>>
>> I don't think anything like this has been organized since 2003...and 
>> it seems
>> there is a general interest...
>>
>> What the rest of the CSSA Mailing List think about the right time for 
>> this
>> activity?
>>
>> Please, share your thoughts,
>>
>> Thanks, Angelica!!!
>>
>>
>> Gabriela
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Quoting "A. N." <[log in to unmask]>:
>>
>>> I don't post much but I listen.  I led the first Linux install party 
>>> at UVM
>>> in 2003.  I'm not offering to lead this time.  I'm no longer a  
>>> student there.
>>>  But I'm glad that you're thinking of holding another event such as 
>>>  this.  At
>>> that time, other students, mostly CS grad students, were holding 
>>> events on
>>> topics such as Emacs and GCC.
>>>
>>>   I don't know if there have been other Linux events since the one 
>>> in 2003.
>>> My only source of news is the CSSA list and occasional meetings with 
>>> UVM
>>> folks I know.
>>>
>>>   The first event had the following format:
>>>
>>>   On Thursday or Friday, there was a demonstration of an install on 
>>>  one of my
>>> test machines.  The test machine had WIndows 98 on it because the 
>>> Windows
>>> pagefile is more easily managed that way.  The test machine also had 
>>> a Rage
>>> Pro video card because I wanted people to see the video problem that 
>>> often
>>> occurs with an install and how to fix it the long way with  
>>> xf86config.  I was
>>> stacking the deck in order to demonstrate as much as I could.  This 
>>> took 2
>>> hours and attracted considerable attention from people I had never 
>>> met - I
>>> assume, grad students.
>>>
>>>   Then on Saturday, I had the Library cafe area reserved, with 
>>> refreshments,
>>> and had asked people to bring their PCs and laptops.  I brought 
>>> multiple
>>> copies of Red Hat, SuSE, and Knoppix, and we installed together on 
>>> several
>>> machines, helping each other as problems arose.  Other people 
>>> brought Debian
>>> and several other Linux versions.  We were there about 4-6 hours.  The
>>> advantage of the cafe was the internet connection, the tables and 
>>> the space.
>>> However, there were about 1/4 of the people at this event than the 
>>> first.
>>>
>>>   The main issue that arose during installation was the video problem,
>>> especially with laptops.  I will look for my notes on video issues 
>>> because
>>> they are still common,and will post them when I find them.
>>>
>>>   I wish you all the best with this one!
>>>
>>>   Angelica Nelson (married name)
>>>
>>> Galen Justus Wilkerson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>>   Yes,
>>>
>>> and I think it would also be fun and interesting to invite down people
>>> from ACM at McGill or UQAM, etc.
>>>
>>> http://acm.cs.mcgill.ca/
>>> or this looks interesting:
>>>
>>> http://montreal.siggraph.org/about-us
>>>
>>> Maybe just send an open invitation for them to come present their
>>> projects and talk about their department. We could offer to hot them,
>>> etc.
>>>
>>> Galen
>>>
>>>
>>>
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